It has been revealed that one of the 33 defendants on trial in the One Don Gang case was a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) up to August last year.
A JDF witness confirmed during his testimony in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday that the accused, Jermaine Robinson, entered the army in August 2015 and served until August 22, 2021.
The Home Circuit Court heard that the soldier was attached to the JDF's engineering regiment.
Earlier in the trial, two former gangsters turned state witnesses told the court that the soldier was a member of the criminal network.
The court was told that during his spare time, Mr. Robinson was a bodyguard for the alleged leader of the One Don Gang, Andre 'Blackman' Bryan.
The soldier was allegedly armed with an AK-47 while he guarded Mr. Bryan.
The court had also heard that in 2018, Mr. Robinson, who was clad in his uniform at a checkpoint in Spanish Town, instructed his colleagues to allow one of the state witnesses through the checkpoint and requested Mr. Bryan's phone number.
According to the witness, Mr. Robinson enquired about Mr. Bryan's whereabouts and expressed his willingness to participate in the gang.